La Vache Folle - Milk Stout - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 214
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 5.83%
Wants: 50
Gots: 32 | FT: 4
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 02-14-2007

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Photo of berkey
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade. Looked a little odd so I had to try it. 500ml bottle poured into a Weizen glass as that was the closest glass I had to the one shown on the label which is entirely in French. From notes 11/17/09.

Pours very dark, essentially black. Forms a sturdy brown head with faint red highlights. Lacing is very nice.

Chocolate cream and caramel notes lead followed by not insignificant coffee aromas. Sweeter than I expected.

Caramel is much stronger than anticipated on this beer. Continues with some dark chocolate and more coffee. Not sure if it's because it had warmed or because my palate adjusted to the chocolate but the creamy, almost milky character is coming through really strong late in the tasting. Coffee and more chocolate cut through again in the aftertaste but the coffee doesn't lend much bitterness which actually works for this beer. It seemed like every sip was slightly different than the previous. Interesting experience.

Creamy, silky, texture with low carbonation. Not cloying or hot by any means but drinks at about the 9 % abv listed.

Never been a huge fan of the style but this was probably the best Milk Stout I've tried yet. Not exactly my ideal beer but it was very interesting so I'm giving it high marks. (1,271 characters)

Photo of JOaikido
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle.

A- Pitch black, Very nice creamy moka head with good durability and that leaves a thick layer of suds on the glass as it goes down.

S- Chocolate with a touch of roast coffee. Faint hint of plum/prune and alcohol.

T- Slightly sweet, but not excessively. Chocolate. Touch of roasted coffee and a bitter aftertaste. Alcohol and drid fruit hints come through as it warms.

MF- Smooth. A bit highly carbonated. Good body. Some alcohol warmth.

D- A very nice sipping stout with high ABV well hidden. Not everyone will like the sweetness, but I did. A desert beer for the end of the evening. (603 characters)

Photo of Swedes21
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours an extremely dark brown with a 1 finger brown head. Head is fairly foamy, has some volume. some decent lacing, hard to tell carbonation levels.

Smell - i can smell coffee, dark/deep chocolate, some sweetness possible caramel along with a deep fruit. very dynamic smelling beer.

Taste - very rich tasting beer! the taste that dominates is a coffee/metallic taste along with the deep fruits. Finishes with a bitter coffee taste that lingers. very warming beer.

Mouthfeel - the added carbonation makes this beer come to life even more. very well thought out and tasty, the coffee and caramel come to the front.

Drinkability - this is a good tasting beer, couldnt drink a lot of them, but nice to know its out there. (767 characters)

Photo of Ralphus
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My last Vache Folle series beer was an explosive ESB - in fact three of them in a row. So I was concerned how this one might turn out but luckily it was for naught. The milk stout was in good shape.

It poured a dark guinness black with a large light brown foamed head with retention. Smells are light, coffee like and a little smokey/boozee. The taste however has much more.. rich milk chocolate, smokiness, roasted malts and a well balanced sweetness and sour, hop finish. It's well done but not really a stand out for me. The levels are right but the taste is just a little off.

Mouthfeel is good if not a bit too prickly due to the carbonation. Drinkability is better than average for a beer of this strength. (714 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black, sticky head, colour of a brown paper bag; fades in a minute or two leaving a film

Aroma: almost no aroma whatsoever; very faintly of coffee tobacco

Taste & Mouthfeel: light taste and light body, barely a hint of the hefty ABV; has a milky flavour, pairing well with a hint of coffee and caramel - like having a brandy cream, even including the mild burn of alcohol in the finish; great carbonation, satin mouthfeel; very lightly of chocolate, and it's more like what than dark

Overall: a nice change from the typical stout, easy-drinking, sure to be a crowd pleaser (587 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black color with no visible activity. Creamy brown 1 finger sparkly head, lasting around 10 minutes, with strong legs.

Aromas of pleasant woody roasted nuts and toffee, though a little faint. Flavors of light coffee and cocoa, nuts, dark fruits, toffee, and herbal spices. Highly roasted bitter taste with low sweetness. Also a little vinous from the fruits.

Milky smooth medium body with prickly carbonation. Strong bitter finish of medium length, ending with a fruity dark berries, cherry feel, and spicy herbs. Roasted and oaky feel lingering on the tongue.

Overall one of my favorite sour stout having incredible body and complexity. Although not the most visually appealing nor strong on the smell, it have some of the most delicious flavors and a great refreshing feel. (786 characters)

Photo of Dawkfan
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer pours a dark black with 3 fingers of head that lasts for some time. Only the outer ring wants to receed leaving me a beige colored island on top of this beauty.

S- Sweet chocolate and light roasted malts. This smells like an easy drinker.

T- Sweet chocolate to start, toasted malts in the middle, and a good dose of bitter coffee in the end. A little warmth from the alcohol, but in a good way. Very well balanced!

M- That's mighty smooth, it's up there with some of my favorite stouts in terms of feel.

D- 9% you say??? I laugh at that and crack another. My first from this brewery, won't be my last. What a well rounded brew!! (645 characters)

Photo of Ruds
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Papat444 for the trade on this one!

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a goblet to a luxurious black colour with a generous creamy beige/light brown head that, whilst reducing, kept its presence throughout the drinking experience.

On the nose I got sweet milk chocolate, a little roasted malt and perhaps caramel/fudge and a pinch of coffee lurking in the background but 'sweet' was the overwhelming word!

Taste wise not as sweet as I had expected, which was a good thing from my point of view! The chocolate flavour was definately at the 'sweet' end of the spectrum rather than 'bitter' and had a milky taste to it also lightly roasted malts present. Not a big punchy flavour as one may expect from a high ABV imperial stout but well balanced and highly drinkable none the less!

Enjoyed the mouthfeel on this beer, very creamy and smooth, top end of medium bodied but not as full as most 9%+ beers of this ilk. low to moderate carbonation - spot on !

Overall a good imperial stout, but perhaps a little too creamy and sweet to be a world beater in this category, none the less it was a fun beer that I enjoyed and will happily revisit! (1,148 characters)

Photo of Otterburn
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

june 15th 2009 bottle

Impérial milk stout

What a nice brew!! a treat..

looks good: big moka head, beer is darkblack

Smells very good as well: sweet and torrified

Taste: is very smooth, sweet, round, torrification,like coffee, excellent,
well balanced

mouthfeel is sexy

drinkability is perfect to sip on a winter day
you dont taste the alcool, but it warm you up

This beer makes me happy (398 characters)

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first beer of 2011, and my first beer from the Microbrasserie (microbrewery) Charlevoix.

The head is large and fast-forming. It's lumpy, creamy, and dimpled. The impressive head forces a pour done in stages. It's very dark in the glass... pitch black/dark brown. No light gets through. As the beer goes down, the lacing is sparse.

In the smell is chocolate, milk, oranges, and alcohol. Perhaps even some wet/musty wood.

The taste is very fruity and alcoholic - not quite what I expected. It's bright and light in some ways, but strong. You can taste cherries, chocolate cream wafers / mousse. There's also a chocolate liqueur flavour... almost like chocolate Grand Marnier. Just a hint of coffee, as any roasted flavour comes out later (and in he aftertaste).

The carbonation is OK. The mouthfeel isn't too thick or thin. There is a sharpness of the alcohol (& fruit flavour). I don't like what I taste/feel as an imbalance in alcohol / tartness / bitterness / sweetness.

Overall, for me, this beer is decent. It's too sweet / strong for my liking. It's not quite medicinal... more like the syrup of a really sugary drink. A bit much to want to finish. (1,169 characters)

Photo of Matt1516
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into Vache Folle branded pint glass. Thick fluffy head with lots of retention, much lacing ensues. Inky black colour beer, mocha-hued head.

Some carbonnation in the mouthfeel. Smells of roasted coffee and milk.

Lovely roasted grain taste with notes of bitter chocolate. Very malty and no hop taste. Slightly bitter in the finish.You notice the 9% ABV but it doesn't overwhelm the taste.

Great example of the style. (430 characters)

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When Bucky discovered that La Vache Folle by Microbrasserie Charlevoix would be making a rare appearance in the LCBO, he jumped on it like a fat kid on a box of Smarties. La Vache Folle came in a brown 500 ml bottle with a bottling date of February 4, 2013, and was 9.0% alcohol by volume. With its label showing a picture of a "mad cow", this beer is difficult to miss.

La Vache Folle poured an opaque black colour with about 1" of crema coloured head. The head lasted for several minutes before fading to a blob of foam in the centre of my glass, a thin collar of foam and a patchy thin film across the rest of the beer's surface. The remnants of the foam left considerable, attractive lacing down the far side of the glass. Its aroma was mainly of dark chocolate, with notes of coffee, caramel and a bit of alcohol as the beer warmed. I get the impression that I'm in for something special here! The flavour began with sweet chocolate milk which gave way to coffee with a hint of caramel, and finished with a mildly bitter dark chocolate flavour which lingered as an aftertaste. Its 9.0% alcohol content is very well hidden, being just detectable as the beer warms up. A perfect beer for this cold and rainy Canadian night. La Vache Folle had a soft carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and was rich and full bodied. I really hope that this is more than a one-time appearance by this wonderful beer. Though a bit pricey at $5.25 per 500 ml bottle, you are at least getting a superior product in return for your hard earned cash. (1,526 characters)

Photo of Francepants06
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a inky-black, mocha colored beer, with a thick creamy milky head which dissipated slowly. Smells like milk coffee with a hint of booze. It tasted creamy coffee, bitter chocolate, slight, half and half, fruitiness in the finish.
It was one of the better milk stouts that I have had. The alcohol wasn't overwhelming, which is nice . this is like organic chocolate coffee milk. Wish I could give it an A+ but there is no such thing as a perfect beer and if I do find one I will let the world know. (501 characters)

Photo of hoser
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have fallen in love this with beer, creamy not overtly sweet and nice warming treat that always seems to be in the house and the fridge of late. Can't wait to try this on draft, I am crazy about La Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout or should I say mad. Love this beer! (268 characters)

Photo of santa109
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at 50 degrees. 500ml bottle.

A: Poured a thick looking pure black with ruby hues around the edges of the glass. A thick 3 fingers of light-brown foam came close to escaping the realms of its glass prison. The head then fades into a nice thick film that leaves impressing lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted coffee is what comes first with a bit of alcohol. As I plunge my nose deeper into the darkness, I find some fainter notes of chocolate. Alcohol gets more apparent as it warms.

T: Initial chocolate sweetness followed on some sips by a bitter roasted coffee taste that balances the whole experience quite nicely. Finish is an extension of the roasted coffee bitterness, at times it can be surprising but never overwhelming.

M: Smooth like liquid silk. As an overall creamy feel but carbonation tingling is also perceptible and surprised me at first although I quickly got used to it.

D: Alcohol was well-hidden and I found myself reaching for another sip faster I knew was right for a 9% brew. Went down faster than I intended and I felt it. But it didn't prevent me from wanting more. Yum!

Overall, a very pleasant late night sipper. Another strong offering from Microbrasserie Charlevoix that I will revisit. (1,225 characters)

Photo of HopBacchus
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Night pours from a 500ml glass. A guinness-like cascading head forms at the top and stays.

Chocolate Milk and Coffee are detectable nose along with dark roasted cherries and a roasted malt sweetness.

The body follows the nose but becomes more complex, dark chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit, toffee and lactose sweetness. There are no hops to be found here.

The body is big and creamy almost chewy.

It kicks like an imperial stout but it drinks like milk. More good work from Microbrasserie Charlevoix. (507 characters)

Photo of Muhly
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a mug.

A-opaque black colour. Couple of fingers of creamy tan/brown head.

S-coffee and sweet, slightly sour chocolate milk.

T-a hint of sweet dark malts with a powerful hit of bitter coffee and dark chocolate.

M-initially thinner and more carbonated than I anticipated, but as the carbonation dissipates, it seems to become creamier and fuller. The creamy mouthfeel adds to the enjoyment. No astringency detected and finishes with a bit of sweetness.

O-I think this is a pretty bang on sweet stout with the exception of the initial mouthfeel which I wish was creamier and a bit more full. Oh well. After sitting for a couple of beats, the mouthfeel comes into focus and everything is beautiful. I'm grabbing one the next time I feel like a sweet stout! (782 characters)

Photo of Trancesexual
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a Snifter

A: Jet Black with frothy white foam that dissipates fairly slowly

S: A lot of sweetness from the lactose here, a good whiff of booziness from the 9%, but not a whole lot of other discernible smells here.

T: Much like the nose, the sweetness and creaminess from the lactose hits you immediately. Aftertaste ends pleasantly with bitter roasted malt notes, and the high alcohol content is somewhat noticeable.

M: Low carbonation makes this beer deliciously creamy and drinkable on the tongue. Hands down the greatest strength of this brew in my opinion.

Overall: Very solid offering. I only wish the nose had a bit more complexity. (669 characters)

Photo of notdan
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a dense, creamy, dark tan head that leaves plenty of lace down my pint glass. Smell is pretty much what you'd expect; chocolate, coffee, bit of alcohol, though maybe a little bit of a metallic note. The first thing that hits you as you sip is the sweetness, which lasts for a while as milk chocolate and coffee flavours flow over it, ending in a slight roasty bitterness. Freakin awesome. Mouthfeel is perfectly thick and creamy with just enough carbonation. This beer is flavourful, but alcoholic (tasting) it is not, making it quite easy to drink.

Need to head over to Gatineau and pick up some more of these. (623 characters)

Photo of ReFill31
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle poured in a Pint Glass

A : Very dark beer with a nice moka foam that stays on the beer a long time, leaving a nice ring on the glass.

S : Torrefaction smell, I could also distinct black olives. Sweet smell.

T : The taste is very good! Chocolate, coffee and we can feel the lactose in it also.

M : Very creamy, sweet.

D : We do not taste the alcohol at all which is kind of behind the smooth feel of the beer. Because of that I could easily drink another one.

Overall, an excellent beer that I would absolutely recommend. (542 characters)

Photo of NForr
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Vache Folle pint sized stange glass. Giant four fingers of head. This is the first time I've seen a head continue growing after a pour - it looks like an ice-cream float! Aromas of yeast, chocolate, and some sugars. Rather musty. Chocolate and coffee tastes, nice bitter finish from the hops and the alcohol. Al...most tastes a little like a Belgium beer. Good amount of sweetness, but not overboard. Not too much of a roasted taste which is different for a stout. Nice creamy body with tons of carbonation. The head lasted until the last drop.

Microbrasserie Charlevoix is one of, if not my favorite craft brewery in Quebec and this one is even better then the last time I had it. It's unlike most stouts I've had, but still retains the typical qualities one likes in the style. Incredibly drinkable, considering the fact that it's 9%. I highly recommend this one, and anything from this brewery. (913 characters)

Photo of cfrancis
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Imperial Milk Stout. I'm not a huge coffee guy but I enjoyed this beer. Aroma is malt, coffee and caramel and chocolate. Taste is deep with malt and coffee and chocolate overtones. Alcohol bite and an aftertaste of creme brule. This is a very nice beer, I don't know if I'd have it again but I can understand how people would love this. Very complex and lots of great flavours coming through. (401 characters)

Photo of 2_Shaynez
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Pours black with no light getting through, but a ruby brown shine at the base when tilting glass into light. 1.5 finger mocha head. Unproportional retention, but really beautiful lacing! Like picture worthy lacing!

Nose: Fresh Skim Milk, Coffee, Chocolate.

Taste: Something I cant put my finger on!!!! Its probably the first taste of the lactose, which I get right after..coffee & chocolate of course, at 9% ABV im getting a bit of alcohol which is expected, but tolerable. Say in comparison to St. Ambroise who do an imperial stout at 9.2% ABV and its a little hard to drink, but this is perfect.

Mouth: Some good body from the lactose, which they do specify on the bottle. Low to low-medium carbonation. A tad of stickiness around the lips.

Overall: "SOMETHING DIFFERENT", a good stout with a twist, i think brewing with lactose really sets it apart. Very very good honestly, and at 9% ABV these 500ml bottles will give you a buzz which makes this a nice after-dinner couch beer! (986 characters)

Photo of Clubchat
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Au dépanneur Tremblay (avenue Cartier) de Québec

A - Black with little dark brown reflects, nice creamy tan head

S - Sweet chocolate, roast coffee, little fruity but discret with the alcohol

T - Little sweet because of the addition of lactose, chocolate & roasted coffee just like the smell, high alcohol rate is really not aggresive, well-balanced

M - Smooth, Great body, very gooddd in mouth

D - One of my favorite beer from now in 2008, really appreciate the style, the sweetness is fabulous, can get one every night after dinner (540 characters)

Photo of slimspady
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- jet black, long lasting, thick tan head
S- chocolate, lactose
T- chocolate, vanilla, a nice sweetness. 
M- lots of carbonation, very smooth, really light, no way this is 9%. 
O- enjoyable. A really nice stout. Very easy to drink. Perfect if you don't want a heavy oatmeal or Russian Imperial stout. Still enough flavors to be great. (337 characters)

La Vache Folle - Milk Stout from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
91 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.